Friday, February 19, 2010

Speedy middles

Yesterday's tangle of straps has morphed into something resembling a harness... I've still got a ways to go, but it's been a productive day for sure!

My inspiration for this piece a pony sized pleasure harness that was featured on this blog nearly a year ago.
As you can see, it's not an exact replica. Kim's pony is small classic sized so even though most of the straps on this harness measure less than 3/32" wide, they are proportionally wider than they are on the real harness. I could go narrower, I suppose, but you get to a point where you start sacrificing functionality and durability for just a bit more refinement. Since I know this particular harness is going to be used in the stress and bustle of a live showring, I'm not willing to do that.Also, I've prettied it up just a wee bit. Model horse people are all about the details, so this small scale harness will have more keepers than its full sized counterpart. It's also fully stitch marked. I'm not sure that level of detail is necessary, but it sure is fun!

3 comments:

  1. I was gonna say about the breeching. Just remember if someone asks you to make a fine driving harness, run away! The staps have to be like a third of what they are on that pony in the picture.

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  2. I've done a fine harness but it was for a big model. This pony is *small* and the customer wanted tongue buckles, so... Sometimes you've just got to go with what works. I'm not done with it though. The breeching in particular still needs some work. I think it will definitely look more polished in a day or two!

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  3. NICE harness! :-)
    Lorrie
    (builder of the real thing)

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